Using drugs meant for individuals with medical needs to carry out executions is a misguided effort to mask the brutality of executions by making them look serene and beautiful — like something any one of us might experience in our final moments.
But executions are, in fact, brutal, savage events, and nothing the state tries to do can mask that reality. Nor should we. If we as a society want to carry out executions, we should be willing to face the fact that the state is committing a horrendous brutality on our behalf.
”—U.S. 9th Circuit Court Chief Judge Alex Kozinski, in a dissent filed Monday in the Arizona death penalty case of Joseph Rudolph Wood III. Wood’s attorneys described his execution, which took place Wednesday, as botched; it began at 1:52 p.m. and he wasn’t declared dead until 3:49. (via latimes)
As many of us know, photography is not the easiest profession to break into and sometimes oddball jobs are a necessity to get any type of work. So with the inevitability of up and coming photographers taking any type of job,ResourceMagazine has put together a list of ten of the most unusual jobs that any photographer could get.
Is everyone in favor of a kickstarter for bobbycaputo to travel the United States and Canada so he can photograph everything and post his favorites to his blog? I thought so.
Wait, did I do that right? Is that proper Robert’s Rules? Regardless, yes, get bobbycaputo and his camera on the road, stat!
Oh man you guys, That would be so cool. It’s always been a dream of mine to just hit the road and photograph everything I see along the way. Wishful thinking though amirite? (Quietly starts a kickstarter campaign :p)
Do it!!!!!! I for one would love to see what you come up with 😊
You guys are crazy, The idea of setting up a kickstarter to do that is crazy. So crazy that IT JUST MIGHT WORK! :p
Okay, I need to shake the rage of the day off and work on something positive, like helping Bobby get a Kickstarter going so he can do the 48 contiguous state road trip/tour and take amazing pictures along the way.
These are just some stream of consciousness thoughts, but feel free to chime in.
According to Google Maps, this will take about 110 hours and just under 7,000 miles. If you calculate about 8 hours of driving a day, giving time for stops to take photos, eat, drink, use the facilities, etc., that’s about 14 days total. Add a few days in here or there for breaks, detours, contingencies for traffic, vehicle problems, etc., and might as well round it up to 20 days. That seems safe. Bobby would have to either take the time off of work, or take vacation days. That’s worth something. So, for starters, and I’m throwing this out here having NO idea how much Bobby makes, let’s say $2,000/week to cover his salary/living expenses while he’s on the road. There’s $6,000
Now, travel expenses: gas, food, and lodging.
The smartest way to go would be finding the most fuel efficient vehicle that is also roomy and comfortable enough to travel long distances in. So say, the average m.p.g. of such vehicle is around 25 m.p.g., you’re looking at about 280-300 gallons of gas. Average nationwide is sitting around $4/gallon. So $1,200 for gas sounds about right. Maybe more, if there are detours and additional stops along the way to see sights and take more pics. Might as well round it up to $1,500.
As for food, eating on the road can be pricey, but there is so much to discover, and the journey and adventure is, and should be, a part of this deal, so let’s account for $150/day. $3,000 for 20 days.
Lodging really depends on what route you decide to go: cheap motels, camping, nicer hotels, or swankity-swank lodges and luxury hotels. You could mix it up and do a combination of all three. So average $150-200 a night maybe, giving you some wiggle room. That’s $3,000-4,000 total.
Finally, unexpected expenses. Would probably want to give yourself a few grand for car repairs, tires, who knows what. Let’s say $5,000 to be safe.
All told, looks like you’d want to raise around $20,000. More if you want to bring someone with you…say, oh, I don’t know, someone to film and document your journey across the country and would love to go with you (hint hint).
You’re a photographer, so the obvious would be some sweet images. You could tier them from basic small prints all the way up to large canvas or matted and framed prints worthy of a nice spot above a fireplace. Other perks could be meetups/dinners/whatever with other Tumblrers, one-on-one photography lessons (either in-person or via Skype, Google Hangouts, etc.), sessions, photo shoots, etc. For a company that would be willing to pay big bucks or for a sponsorship place, you could do shout-outs or logo placement on your dedicated travel photo/video blog while you’re on the road, or offer to do professional/commercial photos of their products and/or services.
Look at it this way, a dude wanting to make potato salad has already surpassed $20,000 on his Kickstarter. This is an opportunity to bring the Tumblr community together with photography and travel. It’s a no-brainer.
I’d also like to add that if someone can get me out there, I’d gladly offer my services gratis to shoot and edit your Kickstarter video.
WOW, Seriously Ralph, You’re awesome! You’ve pretty much done all the leg work for me here. Now I HAVE to start this thing :) It’s definitely something I’ll have to seriously consider, And of course you know I’ll need someone to come along and document the whole thing. I wonder who I can get. Hmmm… Can anyone out there think of someone who knows their way around a video camera? :p
“We have lived our lives by the assumption that what was good for us would be good for the world. We have been wrong. We must change our lives so that it will be possible to live by the contrary assumption, that what is good for the world will be good for us. And that requires that we make the effort to know the world and learn what is good for it.”—Wendell Berry (via thinkwingman)